The truth about foster care
During a crisis, a child needs a family to be with them, to listen to them, and to love them unconditionally. Right now, over 100,000 kids in the U.S. need a foster family to embody relentless love.
It's not about you; it's about the child. Foster care will challenge you to be selfless, committed, and resilient. But at the same time, it's remarkably rewarding. Through it all, you're never alone. We provide ongoing support every step of the way.
How to become a foster parent
- Be a couple or single adult over the age of 21.
- Have a stable housing situation, whether you rent or own.
- Demonstrate positive parenting skills.
- Work with us to achieve goals for your child in foster care.
- Have a sense of humor (and a lot of love to give).
You'll attend a meeting that provides a foster care overview, including information about policies, procedures, and the needs of the children.
Our ongoing training program prepares you to become a foster parent, covering topics such as:
- Understanding trauma
- Managing behavior
- Engaging your support system
- Interacting with parents
Once you complete your application and background check, you'll begin receiving home visits from your caseworker.
If you are licensed for a broad age range, you can expect placement soon. The average placement lasts between 12-20 months. Bethany offers ongoing training and support, even after placement.